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Tuberculosis Testing Notice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Contact: Carolyn Maschke, Public Information Officer

 (229-352-4275, 229-869-0388): Carolyn.Maschke.dph.ga.gov

 

Update May 24, 2017 

   Health Department following up and managing TB situation at MCHS

 

Colquitt, Ga. - Public health officials conducted two-step skin tests for more than 460 individuals affiliated

with Miller County High School who may have been exposed to tuberculosis, said Miller County Health

Department Interim County Nurse Manager Alida Ward.  She said the health department is now tracking

a few individuals who failed the second-step testing, which was administered on May 8.

TB does not always show up in the system immediately, which is the reason two rounds of tests were

administered.  The importance of the two-step process was underscored by the fact that 12 individuals

converted from a negative reading during the first round of skin tests in April to a positive on during the

second round of tests in May.

Ward stressed that individuals who received letters or phone calls from Public Health should follow up

accordingly.  "not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick," she explained.  "People may have

the infection, but not feel sick, not have symptoms and not be infectious.  However, over time they can

develop TB disease without treatment."

She said that the health department is currently managing 36 youth and adults for the noninfectious

state of tuberculosis.  Ninety to 95 percent of people who become infected with tuberculosis will never

have major illness and will never be contagious, she said.

"The problem is that we have no way of knowing who will fall into the five to 10 percent of people who

will progress on to activbe tuberculosis, which can be both contagious and deadly," Ward said. 

"Therefore, we recommend TB prophylaxis medicine for all whose skin test is read as positive."

Symptoms of active TB include persistant cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss.

Additional information on TB can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/TB/.

For more information, contact the Miller County Health Department at 229-758-3344.

 

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